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Report: Upper Columbia Basin Groundwater Monitoring Program 2019 Data Collection Summary

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Living Lakes Canadas Upper Columbia Basin Groundwater Monitoring Program evolved from a pilot project in 2013 that engaged local citizens in the collection of groundwater data. The Program is collecting groundwater level data to increase knowledge about groundwater resources in the Basin and inform groundwater protection and management in order to meet human and ecological needs under changing climate conditions.

Author:  Carol Luttmer, Antonio Barroso

Date Published:  Feb 2020

Report ID:  58382

Audience:  Government and Public

The purpose of this report is to summarize the data collected to date. It provides information on the wells being monitored, methods, and preliminary data interpretation to support use of the data by third parties. The objectives of Living Lakes Canadas Upper Columbia Basin Groundwater Monitoring Program are to: (1) collect groundwater level data to determine how levels change seasonally and from year to year; (2) engage partners and citizens in the collection of data to increase knowledge and awareness about groundwater; and (3) share data publicly so they can be used by researchers, water managers, water licensing officers, policy makers, and citizens, to protect and manage the resource. The Program identifies existing wells that can be used for long-term monitoring of groundwater levels. It partners with well owners (such as First Nation, local, regional, and provincial governments, water purveyors, and private landowners) to install equipment and monitor groundwater levels using water level sensors and data loggers. Data from the Program are stored and analyzed in a Tableau database managed by Living Lakes Canada and its technical advisors. Water level data are compared to precipitation from nearby meteorological stations and to water levels from nearby hydrometric stations to assist with data interpretation. Temporal trends can be assessed in the future, once several years of data have been collected. The groundwater level data are shared publicly on the BC Real-time Water Data Website for monitoring sites where there is a data sharing agreement in place between the well owner and Living Lakes Canada. To date, the Program has established 14 Volunteer Observation Wells in the Upper Columbia Basin. Monitoring is on-going in 13 wells and data are available for 11 of these wells on the BC Real-time Water Data Website. Additional wells have been identified for inclusion in the Program, and plans are underway to add these wells to the Program. Preliminary water level assessments indicate that the Volunteer Observation Wells are monitoring a variety of groundwater systems in the Upper Columbia Basin including those dominated by surface water-groundwater interactions, mountain block recharge, and precipitation infiltration recharge.

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  Water Information - Groundwater

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